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View Diary: Fear Really IS the Mind-Killer. Look at How Everyone Around Here is Freaking! (107 comments)

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  •  I was trying to figure out if I'd missed something (19+ / 0-)

    until I realized this was on a par with the ever present 'OMG, you people are hysterical, have your hair on fire' etc, etc, etc, comments and diaries.

    Being critical, especially of the bungled private-sector website rollout and the awful advice the president got on using the words 'keep your...' from 'pragmatic' political advisors is neither a 'freak out' nor 'giving up'.  It's simply a willingness to actually face reality, and to move forward with reality acknowledged.

    The lessons to be learned are: A) Government procurement programs suck, and need to be revised to actually require IT in future to meet measurable deadlines in advance if they actually want to get paid, and B) using 'expedient' and 'pragmatic' language will come back and bite you on the keister.  Be upfront and honest with voters from the start, and don't try to use weasel-worded soundbites in order to 'move' legislation forward.

    But that's not 'fear' or 'freaking out'.  It just is what it is, and no amount of Republican style pretend time ill undo mistakes made.  You just have to actually learn from those mistakes, and not shoot yourself in the foot again going forward.

    •  I'm glad I'm not the only one... (16+ / 0-)

      who got that impression.

      I mean, damn near every diary that doesn't lavish praise on this clusterfuck of a roll-out gets pummeled rather extensively.

      And for this diary to imply that "negative" diaries are the rule, rather than the exception, couldn't be farther from the truth.

      From what I've seen at least, and I'm on this site a lot.

      Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us. ~ J. Garcia

      by DeadHead on Sun Nov 17, 2013 at 12:03:56 AM PST

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    •  Umm (3+ / 0-)
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      Alice Olson, ten canvassers, Sylv

      "You just have to actually learn from those mistakes, and not shoot yourself in the foot again going forward."

      Something the GOP is incapable of doing, for the most part. Which is why I'm certain they'll bite off more than they can chew. Again. They thought 'real Americans' would side with them during the shutdown and got HAMMERED. That kind of arrogance doesn't die overnight. So as mistakes with the ACA are fixed or addressed, GOPhers will continue being douchenozzles and alienate voters.

    •  It's all been "acknowledged" to death by now (1+ / 0-)
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      Everyone, from the President on down the line, has acknowledged the problems, and are taking active steps to move on from them with fixes and solutions. They have taken responsibility and apologized and promised to fix it.

      So... when do you think the conversation will get to the "moving on" part?

      To be clear, I have not read any of the diaries in question, nor do I personally care at all about how long and loud some people want to complain or focus on the negative and offer the same obvious and basically now pointless criticisms over and over. I just ignore it, choose to read other stuff, and let it go by me same as I do the continual political ruckus from the tea party or the libertarians or whatever. People have a right to their views, even if I think they're wrong. Not worth getting upset over... that would be exhausting.

      I would suggest those who are troubled by these 'freaking out' and fearful diaries do the same. This diary seems ironically fearful ... afraid of the 'freaking out' as a significant problem. I don't think it is.

      But at the same time your comment seems disingenuous. Part of the reason I no longer read those types of diaries is having learned that for some people, lamenting the failings and flaws and attacking every move made by our president is really all they care about doing. There is no apparent desire to move on or help make anything he does a success -- it is just to complain and criticize and complain and criticize and complain and criticize... endlessly. It does get old. It seems pointless -- far from in any way helping to move things forward. I'd really like to see the moving forward part.

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